After recently playing my new-age piano arrangement of Dvořák's "Largo" theme from his 9th symphony at a memorial service, I have been in a creative mood and have arranged a few hymns in a similar style. They're easy, short, and ideal for filling in time in a church service where a meditative mood is desired. These are available for purchase from Sheet Music Plus and Sheet Music Direct.
My composition "Heavenly Metals" was written for 3 to 5 octave handbells was included in a reading session at the Area 1 handbell festival in Worcester, Massachusetts this summer. The piece was written for the Heavenly Metal Ringers at Sparta United Methodist Church in New Jersey. It is a simple melody accessibly arranged for all ensembles to enjoy!
I am excited about two pieces that I recently composed for the Bourne High School chorus. For this commission, I wanted to give them pieces that embraced issues of today, and found a kindred spirit in local poet (and now friend) Kim Baker. She wrote timely and heartfelt works that the students were very engaged with, one about climate change, and the other about inclusion. It was great to meet with the students and to hear why these texts were so impactful for them. I hope many choirs will enjoy these pieces!
The World Needs All of Us - SATB and piano
Hug a Tree and Kiss a Sparrow: Loving Mother Earth - SATB and djembe
I am thrilled to announce that my setting of The Lord's Prayer for unison or SATB voices and piano is now available from GIA Music! This setting is only a minute long and fits beautifully in a service as an introit or response to prayer. Visit GIA's website to purchase
Thanks to GIA Publishing for this beautiful score flipper video!
In addition to being published in their 50th Anniversary songbook, "Silent Noon" was selected for performance by the Hong Kong Children's Choir 50th Anniversary Concert. www.hkcchoir.org/catalog/tc/
Attending the Ithaca College Choral Composition Festival last Saturday as a finalist was a wonderful experience. The day was largely spent sitting in on concerts from the collegiate and visiting high school choirs and getting to know the other composers of diverse backgrounds and ages. I am incredibly thankful to the East Lyme High School Chorus and their director, Anthony Maiese, for all the work and heart they invested in the piece I wrote, "Remember."
Our group reflection on the text prior to their performance was a true heart-to-heart, and I think the sharing of insight about the meaning of Rossetti's text was illuminating for us all. The key word that was brought into the discussion that did not make itself apparent to me when I was setting it was "selflessness." The shift of the narrator from asking to be remembered to granting the reader the (clearly impossible) option the chance to "forget and smile" is a great act of love.
It was incredibly encouraging as a composer to see a thriving program, led by Janet Galván, that connects creators with performers and educators. These collaborations are what keep us all connected and make art a living process rooted in earth.